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Shabaab suspect shot dead in Kwale



A wanted suspected terrorist was Friday morning killed by police in a shootout in a village in Ng’ombeni, Matuga Sub-County in Kwale.

The suspect identified as Mohamed Rashid Mwatsumiro alias Msanii was killed in his house during the police raid.

Police corporal Jeremiah Mula was shot in the stomach and rushed to Diani Hospital for treatment.

A police brief howed that the officer was in stable condition.

Kwale County Police Commander Tom Odero said a pistol was recovered from the suspect’s house.

“We had been following the suspect who was fatally injured during our operation,” said Mr Odero.

He said the suspect is linked to the recent killings of village elder Bakari Dondo and a Muslim cleric Shee Fumbwe in Mabokoni village, Msambweni Sub-County.

Dondo’s head was chopped off and buried in a shallow grave.

Police sources say the killers are suspected returnees from Somalia who have been linked to several attacks in Kwale county.

According to residents, a huge contingent of police surrounded the house of the suspect at 4am. There was an exchange of fire shortly thereafter.

Residents were asked not to leave their houses. The village still has heavy police cordon.

The body of the suspected terrorist has been taken to Kwale Hospital mortuary.


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Suspected Coronavirus patient quarantined at KNH after landing at JKIA




A passenger who arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) having coronavirus- like symptoms was quarantined on Tuesday at Kenyatta National Hospital.

In a statement issued by Kenya Airways, the passenger, a Kenyan student, landed in Nairobi from Guangzhou, China on Tuesday morning.

“Decision to quarantine the passenger was reached by the Kenya Government port health authorities stationed at JKIA,” the statement reads.

The student had been given the go-ahead to travel back home by China Port health authorities at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.

KNH Communications Manager Hezekiel Gikambi said the medical staff at the hospital are checking the student to be sure of what he is suffering from. Coronavirus symptoms include breathing complications, fever, kidney failure, pneumonia, severe coughing, and impaired liver and kidney function.


 Besides China, Australia, France, Cambodia, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, the United States, Vietnam, Thailand, and Taiwan have confirmed cases of the virus.

Kenya Airways operates direct flights from Nairobi to Guangzhou.

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Court orders government to build free toilets along Kenyan highways




The High Court on Tuesday ordered the government to facilitate the building of free toilets and sanitary facilities besides Kenyan highways for travelers.

The verdict was given by Justice Kossy Bor after a petition was filed by Adrian Kamotho. He requested the court to order the Ministry of Transport to construct sanitary facilities besides the highways in the country within 60 days.

Justice Bor directed Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia to create a team from the council of governors (CoG), Kenya National Highways Authority (KenHA), Kenya Rural Roads Authority and Kenya Urban Roads Authority to look into the issue.

However, the Judge did not give the 60-day deadline to the government as requested by the petitioner, because of the budgetary requirements of formulating and implementing the policy.

Currently, only Machakos County has built free toilets along the highways, one at Mlolongo, Chumvi Junction and Mwala Junction.

In his petition, Kamotho referenced Article 42 of the Constitution, which entitles every citizen to a clean and healthy environment and reasonable standards of sanitation. 

“The national transport policy should incorporate toilets and other sanitation on road stops on the national and international trunk roads. The policy should take into account the need to have toilets and other sanitation facilities maintained properly by the county governments once constructed,” ruled the judge.

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